Abstract

Histories of art and popular culture have made more familiar the inaccurate images of Indigenous bodies as they were fantasized from the perspective of what I am calling “People of the Ship”—Europeans. Yet, we appear to lack similar views from “People of the Canoe”—Indigenous artists. European images made me wonder: how did my ancestors, in their bark canoes, perceive the funny-looking people who arrived in the big sailing ships? Were their images of the newcomers equally distorted? This essay is about art and material culture that speaks to the relationship between the Haudenosaunee and Europeans.

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